Math Literacy, Common Core & Flocabulary

Math Literacy, Common Core & Flocabulary

[jwplayer file=http://flocabulary.s3.amazonaws.com/media/pemdas-media.mp4 image=http://flocabulary.s3.amazonaws.com/images/pemdas-image.jpg] Flocabulary's Order of Operations song is one way to teach math literacy. When students sit down for their high-stakes math test and open up their standardized testing packet, they won't be staring at a list of numbers that they need to robotically compute. They be seeing 100 multiplication problems to rattle off answers for. To succeed on math tests, they need to read. Students need math literacy. Math literacy traditionally refers to the ability to apply math skills to real-world situations: paying a tip, paying taxes, trying to pay as little as possible for a phone plan.…

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New Flocab Feature: Printable Lyrics!

New Flocab Feature: Printable Lyrics!

You've asked for it, so we've delivered. It is now easy to print the lyrics for every single Flocabulary song and video. Now students can more easily read along with lyrics for enhanced literacy instruction, or review lyrics after class to study. Here's how it works: Click on your favorite Flocabulary song or video. Then look on the side bar on the right. You'll see "Printable Lyrics" there. When you click there, you'll see a nicely-printable PDF of the lyrics. And then if you scroll down, you'll see printable missing lyrics too! Students could fill in the words while they watch…

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Best Haiku Of 2012

Best Haiku of 2012

Our latest challenge for the Week in Rap Shout-Out Contest was to write about a haiku about a news story from 2012. We received a whole lot of amazing poems, but only one school could win the shout-out. See the video here. And the winner is... Ms. Harris' class at Riley Upper Elementary, Livonia, Michigan: Crazy man killed kids And adults with no purpose Death, sad Christmases -Lilia Melting speedily Watching as I disappear Into the ocean -Alexa He took a blind leap Flying solo in the sky Plummeting to Earth -Thomas The students at Riley Upper Elementary submitted lots of strong poems,…

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Flocabulary Hosts #Engchat On Monday, January 21

Flocabulary Hosts #Engchat on Monday, January 21

Does Figurative Language Still Matter in the Modern English Classroom? In accordance with Common Core standards, it's important that the modern student knows how to construct argumentative statements, read actively and write across different media. But should they be able to note that "Common Core" is an example of alliteration? (In fact, Common Core says yes.) But what do you think? Discuss your thoughts on Figurative Language with us on Monday, January 21 at 7pm EST when we host #engchat. We'll discuss these questions and more: Does our society still value having a way with words? What is the place…

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What Is History? (A Lesson Plan)
  • December 13, 2012

What is History? (A Lesson Plan)

Each Friday, Flocabulary makes The Week in Rap, and we call it a "current events video." And each December, the Flocab team steps back and selects the top events of the year, sets them to rhyme, and brings you The Year in Rap. (And then in the spring, we look back even further and bring you The Last 18 Years in Rap!) But our question for you and your students is: Is The Year in Rap reporting on history or current events? This lesson plan will allow you to use Flocabulary's Week in Rap, Year in Rap and 18 Years…

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